January 2008 - E-Newsletter            


The Schott Foundation for Public Education seeks to develop and strengthen a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully-resourced, high quality pre-kindergarten to grade 12 public education.

Message from the President/CEOEach January we commemorate the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. This civil rights champion inspired scores of Americans to peacefully fight for justice and equality. Sadly, 40 years after his assassination, his dreams and promises still go unfulfilled for millions of Americans. Racial and gender disparities continue to pervade public education. These tragic, ongoing achievement gaps too frequently lead to higher rates of high school dropouts, poverty, unemployment and incarceration. Conversely, children who receive a high quality public education are more likely to attend college, thrive, serve others and enjoy their communities. This year, as we recall the legacy of Dr. King, let’s honor not only the man and his dream, let’s pay tribute to his work by redoubling our efforts to ensure a high quality public education for all of America’s children--because there is truly a “king” in every child .

- Dr. John H. Jackson


New Haven , CT – New study finds children are much more likely to be expelled from prekindergarten in programs with high student-teacher ratios and in extended day programs.

Entitled Implementing Policies to Reduce the Likelihood of Preschool Expulsion, the report is from Yale University’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy based on data from the National Prekindergarten Survey. The study also found that teacher job stress - which may be connected to high student-teacher ratios and extended day programs - is related to high rates of expulsion in prekindergarten. For more information on this and related research, visit The Foundation for Childhood Development at: www.fcd-us.org. according to new research



New York, NY - The Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) releases report grading New York Department of Education.

Contracts for Excellence Year One: Grading the State Education Department is the name of the report which evaluates the New York State Education Department's oversight of the 2007 Contracts for Excellence.   The Contract for Excellence is the new accountability system designed by Gov. Spitzer that ties record increases in education aid to the best educational practices. Visit www.aqeny.org to download the full report. Click here to read full press release.


New York, NY - Teachers As Leaders program seeks to attract more people of color to work as teachers in public schools globally and will begin in NYC this month.

On January 22, 2008, the Teachers As Leaders program welcomed its first cohort of scholars, i.e. men and women who have made a commitment to become public school teachers. Teachers As Leaders is a collaboration between Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, The City University of New York Black Male Initiative, and The Schott Foundation for Public Education. Dr. John Jackson, President and CEO of The Schott Foundation, Seth Waugh, CEO of Deutsche Bank Americas, Joel Klein, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, and Dr. Garrie Moore, Vice Chancellor for Student Development at The City University of New York spoke at a welcoming reception for the 24 new Teachers As Leaders scholars held at Deutsche Bank's headquarters in New York City.



The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) is creating more opportunities for Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

There are many projects devoted to increasing the number of girls interested in STEM across the country. Often, individuals working on one "girls in STEM" project are unaware of similar projects nearby. To facilitate collaboration among projects, NGCP has created a program directory which allows organizations to register and learn about similar organizations in their area. Click her for the Program Directory.

The Program Directory NGCP is also making $1000 mini-grants available to collaborations of 2 or more participating programs who apply through the Program Directory. Click here for more information.


Stand for Children’s 2008 Statewide Education Summit will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2008.  Register today! Share strategies for winning funding and policy changes that improve schools.   Click here to learn more about Summit workshops.



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